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Education Insights- Engaging Students with Feedback

Feedback is one of the priority areas for the improvement of student experience at Essex. This session will look at the characteristics of effective feedback and how we encourage students to make full use of feedback to enhance their learning and achievement. The session would address issues related to poor students’ feedback experience, effectiveness of feedback, student expectations from feedback, approaches to giving feedback and encouraging students to make use of feedback. The session will also provide you with the pedagogic basis to support your CADENZA application/ PG CHEP portfolio to become a HEA Fellow mainly under D1/ D2/ D3 descriptors. It maps to the following UKPSF Areas of Activities: A3/ A5. Learning outcomes By the end of the session, participants will have: 1. Understanding of how feedback can support learning; 2. Understanding of features of effective feedback; 3. Have the opportunity to discuss ways to motivate students to engage with feedback; 4. Have the opportunity to share your experience and practice on how to improve the delivery of feedback to students. Who should attend? Mixed audience of academic staff who are relatively new to giving feedback to students in HE and those who are more experienced but wish to develop their lecturing skills. Graduate Teaching Assistants who assess and give feedback to students are also advised to attend. Please note this session will be delivered via Zoom Link to be advised.

Education Insights- Getting Started with Blended Learning

This session will look at strategies to develop blended learning approaches to your module design. The session will briefly review the literature on Blended Learning and the options available to blend your modules on a sound pedagogic basis to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment. The session will offer you the opportunity to implementing some Blended Learning strategies and the resources available at Essex to support you. The session will also provide you with the pedagogic basis to support your CADENZA application/ PG CHEP portfolio to become a HEA Fellow mainly under D2/ D3 descriptors. It maps to the following UKPSF Areas of Activities: A1/ A2/ A3/ A4/ A5 Learning outcomes By the end of the session, participants will have: 1. Understanding of the principles and benefits of Blended Learning vis-à-vis traditional module designs; 2. Understanding of the process of applying Blended Learning in modules; 3. Have the opportunity to discuss innovative applications of Blended Learning in your modules; 4. Have the opportunity to share your experience and practice on Blended Learning with peers. Who should attend? Mixed audience of academic staff who are relatively new to teaching in HE and those who are more experienced and wish to develop their skills in this area. GTAs are encouraged to join this session. Please note this session will be delivered via zoom, Please make a note of the zoom links in your calendar entry; 28 October- 27 January-

Newcomers: Getting started with quantitative and qualitative research data

Interested in using quantitative or qualitative data in your research but not sure how to get started? This session will guide you through choosing the right type of data for your project, getting to know your data by understanding its structure and exploring its content, and learning how to get started with initial exploratory analysis. This session will be delivered by Dr Deb Wiltshire and Dr Maureen Haaker from the UK Data Service and will be a mixture of online presentations and demonstrations using SPSS and NVivo. High quality research is underpinned by a good foundational understanding of the data. There is a vast array of data sources available to researchers and students in the UK, and many data sources can be complex. Choosing the most suitable data source and getting to know the data’s structure can be daunting for those new to data and data analysis. This session aims to demonstrate how to approach finding data, exploring a new data source and beginning initial analyses, and will include lots of hints and tips to make this process easier and more effective. This session is suitable for anyone who is new to quantitative or qualitative data or who is looking to gain more confidence in working with data. This session is also suitable for researchers or students who are collecting their own data and those who are using existing data sources. Please use this link to join the session:

Postgrad Research Supervisor Training

Event title: Postgrad Research Supervisor Training Event information: Supervising postgraduate research students is an incredibly rewarding role but it is also demanding and sometimes challenging. This workshop will provide a forum for new and experienced supervisors to review their role in light of these developments and existing good practice within their department and disciplinary context. The workshop consists of 3 elements – a set of videos, short individual tasks and attendance at a de-brief group meeting. Participants have much more flexibility and can watch the videos and complete the tasks independently over a period of two weeks before attending one of two possible group de-brief meetings. We very much hope this new design and flexibility helps colleagues to participate during these difficult and uncertain times. Event learning outcomes: • Explain the nature of the PhD in the contemporary HE context • Review the role and responsibilities of a supervisor including – o Assisting students at the beginning their PhD and planning their research projects o Using a variety of means to monitor and manage the performance and progression of their students o Conducting effective supervisory meetings • Consider your own style and approach to supervision within the disciplinary context • Be aware of what can go wrong and consider ways to prevent and deal with it • Support students in completing their doctoral studies and preparing for assessment Topics Covered: • New to supervision o The changing nature of the PhD o Expectations – roles and responsibilities o Planning and managing a research project • Effective supervisory meetings and working within supervisory teams. • Supervision to Completion o Working with research students – coping with difficult situations, training and monitoring progress o Preparing for assessment, writing-up, the viva and the outcomes Workshop Design The workshop consists of 3 elements – engaging with all three components is required. 1. Viewing 7 short videos covering key topics (approx. 70 mins) Asynchronous 2. Completing a set of short, individual, tasks (approx. 2 hours) Asynchronous 3. Attend a 75 synchronous de-brief meeting Synchronous NB – The videos and tasks must be studied before attending the synchronous de-brief meeting Facilitator: Dr Kate Exley. Kate is a Senior Academic Staff Development Officer at The University of Leeds and an Independent Consultant in Higher Education Development. She has delivered workshops and undertaken projects at more than 50 HE, FE, Medical and Research Institutions around the country and she is series editor of the new Routledge book series “Key Guides for Effective Teaching in Higher Education” and a National Teaching Fellow (2008). Important Information: - Zoom links and how to access the online materials and tasks will be shared with those who book on the training two weeks ahead of the event. - If a session is full, please choose another date/time. If all sessions are booked, please add your name to the waiting list. We will let you know when we will offer this training again. - It is essential that you engage with the online materials and complete the relevant tasks. Therefore, if you are registered and but do not engage with these materials, you will be excluded from the event. So, please only book if you are planning to attend and complete the first two elements of the course. Any questions, please email

Sharing Good Practice @Essex

Organisational Development would like to invite you to take part and attend our new education event “Sharing Good Practice @Essex. The event will have a blended format with two elements: a. Asynchronous content that will rely on our Essex educators to share their stories of teaching and supporting our students since the start of the move to online/ dual delivery. More information on how to submit entries is explained below. This content will be shared with the wider Essex community during and/or a few days prior to the event. b. A live (synchronous) event that will take place on Wednesday 20 January 2021 13:00 – 15:00. This will take the format of a panel discussion chaired by our PVC education, Professor Madeline Eacott, and includes a selection of our educators. They will comment and respond to some of the online content previously shared and respond to live questions from the participants during the live event. The purpose of the event is to bring together all colleagues to reflect their experiences, share their ideas and good practice, and to address the challenges we all faced since the start of COVID-19 and the challenging start of the 2020-21 academic year. We know that COVID-19 has brought change and resulted in a lot of disruption for most of us this year, including how we engage with teaching and learning, support our students and liaise with colleagues, and fulfil our roles. For more information and to contribute to the event, please visit the event moodle page here: Register for the event here: